Saturday, 12 June 2021

Photonews: Southeast Leaders Meet With Federal Government Delegation Over Insecurity And Biafra


Screenshot: Famous Nigeria Activist In A Tweet Alleges Police, Secret Police Attack During Protest In Abuja


Photonews: June 12 Protest In Lagos


Speech: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Speech On 2021 Democracy Day


President Buhari

Fellow Nigerians,

I join you all today to commemorate and celebrate our Democracy Day. It is a celebration of freedom and a victory for one people, one country and one Nigeria.

2. As with all democracies we will always be going through improvement processes in our desire to reach the goal of a mature democracy, a strong, evolved and integrated nation state to be reckoned with globally.

3. In the last two years we have witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed other nations especially relating to our collective security.

4. The indefatigable CAN DO Spirit of the Nigerian has sustained us and would keep pushing us to put these challenges behind us.

5. Unfortunately some of these challenges came in the shape of violent outrages leading to the loss of lives of many of our dear compatriots and the destruction of some of our infrastructure, including those devoted to improving our democratic processes.

6. Once again, I want to render my sincere and heart-felt condolences to the families and friends of our gallant service men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty and as a sacrifice to keep Nigeria safe.

7. I extend the same condolence to the families and friends of our country men, women and children who were unfortunate victims of such senseless arsons, kidnappings and murders.

8. I also share the pains of families and direct victims of ransom-seeking, kidnaped victims who went through unimaginable trauma in the course of their forced imprisonment.

9. Let me assure my fellow citizens that every incident, however minor gives me great worry and concern and I immediately order security agencies to swiftly but safely rescue victims and bring perpetrators to justice.

Fellow Nigerians,

Friday, 11 June 2021

Special Report: Genocide In Eastern Nigeria: 350 Killed In 160 Days, 600 Missing And 2500 Abducted Or Arrested By Soldiers, Police, Others

(…150 Igbo Christians killed by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen in  past 160 days or since January 2021) 

Time For World Bodies To Take Action:

The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law is drawing the urgent and ‘red signals’ attention  of Governments of the United States, the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Brazil and the European Union; the Secretary General of the United Nations, the UN Security Council, the United Nations Human Rights and Humanitarian bodies, international human rights and justice bodies, the International Criminal Court, internationally respected persons, international religious freedom bodies and other disciples and apostles of human rights, justice and democracy across the globe. This urgent international clarion call is sequel to ongoing genocidal attacks on defenseless civilians in Eastern Nigeria, done in total disregard to the country’s international obligations and laid down rules including respect for human rights and sanctity of human life as well as rules governing internal policing operations and armed conflict.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

News Release: UK-Africa Forum On Trade, Policy And Reform To Examine The Future Of Trade And Avenues For Policy Reform


(Leading African policy makers and business leaders from the UK and Africa will convene on the 15th of June for Invest Africa’s digital UK-Africa Forum on trade, policy, and reform)

A Pan-African business and investment platform, aims to build constructive dialogue between policy makers and business leaders from the UK and Africa during the Forum. James Duddridge MP, Minister for Africa, Emma Wade-Smith OBE, H.M. Trade Commissioner for Africa, and His Excellency Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Ghana will feature in the programme.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Article: Women Leaders In Political Parties: Stakeholders Or Pushovers?

By Bassey Bassey and Oluwafunbi Alao

It is a fact that women face serious constraints compared to their male counterpart with regards to political participation in politics, governance and leadership and one of the most outstanding being access to financial resources to compete with men on an equal basis. Other constraints are influence of patriarchy, lack of support by political parties, religious beliefs, security and other targeted forms of gender based violence.

The road to occupying a political and elective position in Nigeria is through the ballot (popular vote), but this is the last lap of the electioneering marathon.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Rejoinder: "Honourable Minister Did Not Give Any Conditions Regarding Lifting The Twitter Suspension"-Nigeria Foreign Affairs Ministry

Onyeama: Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to misleading reports by several media outlets published today, Monday, 7“ June 2021, in which the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama was misquoted as giving conditions for lifting the Twitter suspension.

The Honourable Minister after a meeting with some Heads of Diplomatic Missions resident in Nigeria was quoted to have said that “Twitter’s operations in Nigeria will be restored only if the platform can be used responsibly.

Article: ANLCA Crisis Seems Abating

By Joe Sani

Facts are sacred and conscience of truth: 

Justice R. M. Aikawa's court orders’ (in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/921/2020) continuing violations with unrestrained impunity is sickening, incomprehensible and devastating to those who seek justice through the law courts. The far reaching implications of that order are that NECOM officials are to stop parading themselves as national officers of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), or signing any documents on behalf of ANLCA and, above that, they should honorably vacate the national secretariat.

2 – Undeterred in their determination to wage a relentless war on Western Zone, the Tony Iju led gang concocted a petition to the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the Nigerian Police Force, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos alleging that leaders of ANLCA in the West were kidnappers, bandits, terrorists, etc. Upon receipt of the petition and without establishing a prima facie case or necessary investigations, all leaders of ANLCA in Western Zone were arrested, detained for days with a fraudulently obtained Magistrate Court order, preparatory to long days and weeks and months in detention with intent to forcefully take over all the Chapters in the Zone.

Special Report: Full List Of Nigerian Army Generals Going on Retirement Effective From 1st June, 2021 Following The Appointment Of Farouk Yahaya As Chief Of Army Staff

1. J.B Olawumi

2. J.O Akomolafe

3. C.O Ude

4. G. Oyefesobi

5. M.O Uzoh

6. C.C Okonkwo

7. M.S.A Aliyu

8. U.M Mohammed

9. B.M Shafa

10. N.E Angbazo

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Article: The Worker, The Trade Union And National Development

By Jaye Gaskia

Let me start by thanking the Food, Beverage And Tobacco Senior Staff Association FOBTOB], an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress [TUC] of Nigeria, for inviting me to make this presentation, and in so doing, making the platform of their 14th National Delegates Conference [NDC] available to interrogate the issue of the role of the working class in national development in general, and more specifically, the role of the FBT industry in engendering sustainable economic growth and enabling quality job creation.

As you may have noticed from this introduction, I have slightly modified the theme of the 14th NDC to accommodate the wider working class, and the wider labour movement beyond the worker in the FBT industry, and beyond the workers organised by your union; and in doing this, I have also extended the discourse beyond the role of the FBT industry in ensuring sustainable economic growth.

News Report: Owerri Based Activist, Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha Taken Away By Gun Wielding Men


Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha

Sources close to Owerri based activist, Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha have informed us that the activist was some days ago taken away from his residence in Owerri, Imo State capital city by some gun wielding men.

Efforts by family and friends to trace his whereabout, we are told, have so far proved abortive.

No security agency have so far indicated that the activist is in their custody.

Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha is known to be a stunch supporter of Uche Nwosu, Governor Hope Uzodimma's opponent in the 2019 Imo State governorship election.

Owerri, Imo State capital city have lately been enmeshed in insecurity, resulting in the murder of some prominent Nigerians.

The activist recently did a petition detailing corrupt practices of a Hope Uzodimma aide.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Videonews: "Unknown Gun Men" Unleash Mayhem In Mbaise Imo State


News Release: "The Government Of Imo State Must Give An Account Of Those Who Killed Gulak"-Northern Youth Council

Isah Abubakar

It’s so pathetic and saddening the continuous killing and lawlessness going on in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. The government of Imo State must give an account of those who killed Gulak. The continuous killing of Northern and destruction of security facilities in Imo State will no longer be tolerated.

Let us state categorically that northern youths will do everything within their powers to force the government of Imo State to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. 

The Imo State Governor and other South East Governors should take note that we shall not accept the continued killing of Northerners and Northern elites in their region as we shall take revenge henceforth.

Isah Abubakar


Northern Youth Council

News Report: Nigeria's Ruling Party Chieftain Shot Dead In Owerri


Ahmed Gulak

Imo State Police Command have confirmed the assassination of Ahmed Gulak, Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan and currently a Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by yet to be identified assasins.

Gulak was reported to have been gunned down on his way to the Owerri airport to catch a flight to Abuja.

Gulak would be remembered as the Chair of the APC Committee that gave the 2019 gubernatorial ticket to Hope Uzodimma, who eventually became governor via a Supreme Court judgement.

Gulak's body

Photonews: Owerri, Capital Of Imo State Nigeria On "Sit At Home"


Saturday, 29 May 2021

Thursday, 27 May 2021

News Release: Soldiers, Police, Others Abducted 2000 Persons, Disappeared 500 & Extra-Judicially Killed 140 Since Jan 2021 From Eastern Nigeria"-Intersociety

It is the new finding by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, a leading research and investigative rights group that no fewer than 2000 law abiding citizens of Eastern Nigeria have since January 2021 been abducted by soldiers of the Nigerian Army and operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Navy, Department of the State Security Service and others; and out of this number, at least, 500 have disappeared or feared killed in secret custody of the Army or made victims of unlawful executions who will never return alive. The abduction involved the victims being secretly arrested at ungodly hours, falsely and criminally labeled without conclusive investigations; held secretly amidst torture and other degrading treatments or punishments; and treated ‘extra jus’ detention without  fair court trial and access to the victims by their families, physicians and lawyers. It is also our finding that out of no fewer than 140 killed in the two regions by the named security operatives especially soldiers and police since January 2021, at least 120 are independently found to be combatively uninvolved or victims of extra-judicial killings. The military and police killings involved not less than 40 killed in Imo, 30 in Akwa Ibom, 20 in Abia, 15 in Rivers, 13 in Anambra, 10 in Ebonyi, 8 in Cross River, 5 in Enugu and none in Delta. All the States mentioned are collectively the victims of the military abductions and disappearances.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Photonews: Some Youths In Bayelsa State Burnt Vehicle, Destroyed Property In King Diette-Spiff's Palace


Videonews: A Yet To Be Identified Nigerian Police Facility Up In Flame


Photonews: Ijaw Youths Protest Abduction Of Ijaw Youths Council President, Shuts Down Oil Production In Olodiama Clan


Article: Recurrent Issues In The Review Of The 1999 Constitution Of Nigeria

By Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D


Historically, all over the world, there has been concern about what system of government will be good for people. Various systems have been experimented including autocracy, monarchy and democracy. But from experience, it has been recognized that democracy is the best form of government. Autocracy characterized by one individual making all important decisions and oligarchy which puts the government in the hands of an elite are less desirable when compared to democracy. Democracy is so important in the world today that it has become the driving force of development making many scholars to draw a nexus between democracy and development. Although different people put emphasis on different issues which they consider to be crucial to democracy, majority of people agree that liberal democracy contains some basic principles which include citizen participation; equality; political tolerance; accountability; transparency; regular, free and fair elections, economic freedom; control of the abuse of power; bill of rights; accepting the result of elections; human rights; multi-party system and the rule of law.  The idea of democracy is that majority of citizens take the decisions on who governs and the policies, programmes and projects to be implemented for the benefit of the people. But the challenge especially for the working people is that it has been recognized that liberal democracy is facing a crisis of legitimacy and declining confidence in political leaders and institutions necessitating the need for democratic renewal through increasing citizen participation.  The bedrock of any democracy is the constitution. Constitution has been defined in various ways. A Constitution has been defined as the embodiment of all the political, economic, social, cultural, religious and even historical forces conditioning the perception of a people at any given time and powerful enough to be isolated and accepted as a guide for future action. The constitution is a collection of norms and standards according to which a country is governed. A Constitution has also been defined as the totality of the rules and regulations, both legal and non-legal, which ordain, order, regulate and sustain the government of a given country. Others define a constitution as a set of principles, fundamental rules and practices of government, written and unwritten, which establishes the major organs of government, allocates to them their powers, defines the rights of the citizens and the relations between them and the state. Another popular definition is that which defines a constitution as the basic or fundamental law of the land, which contains the rules, conventions, and other practices by which a society governs itself. According to Justice Albie Sachs of South Africa, a constitution is the autobiography of a nation. A constitution has also been described as a contract, which describes the conditions under which the peoples of a nation co-exist. From the above definitions, it is clear that a constitution may contain rules about how those who govern are to be selected or changed, how they are to behave in office and the relationship between the organs of government.  It also shows the relationship between the government and the citizens and even amongst the citizens. The importance of constitution in a country cannot be overemphasized. As one scholar once noted, the good or bad fortune of a nation depends on three factors: Its constitution, the way the constitution is made to work and the respect it inspires.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Photonews: Law Enforcement Personnel Battle Gun Men In Owerri, Police Facility Burnt


News Release: "‘Genocide Enabler’ IGP Usman Baba & Ors Must Not Be Allowed To Turn Eastern Nigeria Into Society Of Beasts & Barbarians"

(… Coalition of 44 Eastern Rights CSOs & Intellectuals)

Turning The East Into Society Of Beasts & Barbarians:

The Coalition of 44 Eastern Nigerian Rights CSOs and Intellectuals has observed with deep shock, sadness and dismay the frightening moves by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the authorities of the Nigerian Army and other branches of the Armed Forces to turn Eastern Nigeria (Southeast and South-south Regions) into society of beasts and barbarians. The recent public utterances of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, are also clear and additional indication that the present Government of Nigeria has designated the two regions as “hatefully and religiously a must crush”. In other words, it appears to us that the two regions are hated and targeted on religious ground and marked for violent conquest and subjugation. The Coalition therefore makes bold to say that it will not allow the Acting IGP and the country’s Armed Forces to turn Eastern Nigeria into society of beasts and barbarians.

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Videonews: "Eye Witness" Account Raises Question Over Cause Of Plane Crash That Killed Nigeria's Army Chief And Others


Photonews: Funeral Of Nigeria's Army Chief And Others In Abuja


News Release: "Death Of Gen Attahiru (COAS) Likely Going The Same Way Of Suspicious Death Of Patrick Yakowa, DIG John Haruna And Ors"-Intersociety

Late General Attahiru

The sudden and suspicious demise of Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, the recently appointed Chief of the Muslim dominated and controlled Nigerian Army is likely going to end the same way the suspicious death of Gov Patrick Yakowa, DIG John Haruna and others ended without any form of comprehensive, conclusive and satisfactory investigation and its outcomes. With the Nigerian Army headed Defense Headquarters’ latest hasty and uninvestigated conclusion, blaming the crash on “bad weather”; barely a day after, the COAS’s suspicious death, ‘investigatively’, is sealed, carpeted and added to the long list of unresolved others. This is to the extent that no senior military official has been held directly or vicariously culpable and no credible enquiries launched and concluded so as to prevent future occurrence or fish out the perpetrators if found conspiratorially or culpably involved. Nigeria has in barely four months or since Feb 2021 lost no fewer than 20 military personnel mostly commissioned officers and till date, no single sanction has been meted or any form of detailed investigations carried out. 

Friday, 21 May 2021

Photonews: Scene Of The Plane Crash In Which Nigeria's Army Chief Reportedly Died


News Report: Nigeria's Army Chief Reportedly Killed In Air Crash

Ibrahim Attahiru

Nigerian military circles are abuzz on reported killing of the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru in a plane crash in Kaduna.

Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru was a graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and Nigerian Army School of Infantry. 

He was commissioned into the Nigerian army as a Second Lieutenant in December 1986. 

He was an Infantry Officer. 

We have not been able to independently confirm this information at the time of writing this report.